SOURCE: APC

July 11, 2007 09:15 ET

APC Announces New BLADE READY™ Program Partners, Augmenting Industry's Broadest Set of Blade Expertise

Terascala and Force10 Networks Join the BLADE READY Vendor Community to Assist in the Support of Deploying Secure Blade Server Environments

WEST KINGSTON, RI--(Marketwire - July 11, 2007) - APC, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, today announced that two new industry partners recently joined the BLADE READY™ program. As members of the BLADE READY program, Terascala, a Linux hardware clustering company revolutionizing the deployment methods of demanding clustered applications, and Force10 Networks®, the pioneer in building and securing reliable networks, will assist companies with blade deployment and implementation and enable secure operational excellence in blade environments.

"With an increasing number of companies utilizing compact blade servers as an alternative to rack-mounted units, vendors are coming together to assist in the design and deployment of these environments," said Aaron Davis, chief marketing officer at APC-MGE. "The addition of Terascala and Force10 Networks to the BLADE READY program continues to strengthen our vendor community and enables us to provide an unparalleled knowledgebase in the area of blade server environments. The BLADE READY program benefits vendors and consumers alike by offering more efficient design and deployment of blade server systems, ultimately resulting in cost savings in the data center."

The BLADE READY program unites vendors of complementary data center infrastructure technologies to deliver comprehensive interoperable products, solutions, and services for blade server environments. Together, BLADE READY members help enterprises assess, design, procure, stage, implement and interconnect blade servers and related equipment. Members in this program include a group of strategic, best-in-class hardware and software vendors that help enable operational excellence and unsurpassed compatibility with blade network environments.

"Terascala's Blade Cluster combines high performance, high density storage and server blades in the same enclosure, with unprecedented space, heat, and power efficiency to reduce data center and power costs," said Larry Genovesi, president and CEO of Terascala, Inc. "We're looking forward to working with the BLADE READY vendor community to provide best-of-breed solutions that deliver true value to organizations deploying mid- to large-scale Linux clusters."

"By leveraging high system-level density, Force10 has been able to reduce the power and cooling requirements of its switches and routers, reducing not only the capital costs of additional equipment but also the operational costs associated with maintaining that equipment," said Stephen Garrison, vice president of marketing at Force10 Networks. "By joining the BLADE READY program, Force10 is continuing to advance its commitment to deliver the most reliable and efficient networking solutions for data center environments."

To take advantage of the technology trend, the BLADE READY program offers a single stop for a wide variety of resources including APC's Blade Readiness Assessment Service, which is a first step in understanding the right approach to these challenges. Also available are white papers, build out guides, total cost of ownership (TCO) planning guides, and more.

For more information about BLADE READY, please visit www.BladeReady.com or call 800-877-4080. For more information about APC's blade ready products and solutions, please visit www.apc-mge.com or call 800-877-4080.

About APC-MGE

APC and MGE UPS Systems recently combined to form a $3 billion (EUR 2.4 billion) Critical Power & Cooling Services business unit of Schneider Electric. Together, APC and MGE offer the industry's most comprehensive product and solution range for critical IT and process applications in industrial, enterprise, small and medium business and home environments. APC and MGE solutions include uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), precision cooling units, racks, and design and management software, including APC's InfraStruXure® architecture the industry's most comprehensive integrated power, cooling, and management solution. Backed by the industry's broadest service organization and an industry leading R&D investment, the combined company's 12,000 employees help customers confront today's unprecedented power, cooling and management challenges. Schneider Electric, with 112,000 employees and operations in 190 countries, had 2006 annual sales of $18 billion (EUR 13.7 billion). For more information on APC and MGE, please visit www.apc-mge.com. All trademarks are the property of their owners.

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